One of the most satisfying freelance writing gigs to snag is a regular column. The chance to write what you want on a regular basis, and have ongoing work you can rely on…it’s a dream.
There are a lot fewer opportunities out there to become a columnist than there were a decade or two back, so these can be hard to land.
But I recently got a contract to write a regular column — in the most unusual way.
I totally screwed up an assignment for a new editor. But I handled it with grace, and turned the situation into a monthly column that’s easy to write — and nets me $150–$200 per hour in ongoing income.
Here’s how I did it: